12 Jogger Pants We’d Totally Try On
First, it was okay to wear sweatshirts out of the house without being labeled a hot mess—and we have to say, we got behind that trend pretty quickly. But now the latest craze takes the sweats-as-acceptable-outerwear thing to a whole new level: yes dear readers, sweatpants are now totally on trend, and we’re not sure what to think about it.
1. Silence + Noise Silky Harem Pant ($59): These silky pants have a tweed-like pattern going on, which gives them a textured appearance that balances their flowy form. Open toe booties are always a win when it comes to mastering the art of wearing joggers—remember that.
2. Quilted Terry Loungers ($68): While these pants are much more casual looking, details like quilted knees and a buttoned back pocket take them to an appropriate taste level. The cut of these joggers are extremely figure flattering, draping closer to the legs than most.
3. Timo Weiland Printed Joggers ($176): This two-toned spotted pattern looks lovely on these luxe joggers, done up in a striking shade of lavender. Rock it with a fitted grey blazer and platform pumps to make ‘em totally work appropriate.
4. Nova Pants ($348): We’d never wander too far from a sequined trouser, not even if it’s a glittering jogger pant ;) You can’t find too many pieces that so effortlessly transition with you from the dance floor to the comfy couch, can you?
5. Polka Dot Camo Print Joggers ($80): Don’t let the name fool you: these pants are way more posh than they sound. Burgundy and purple dots pop against an abstract black and white pattern that makes this pair of joggers super fashion-forward.
6. Grey Velour Trousers ($36): This outfit proves just how important it is to invest in quality basics. The pressed white blouse and shiney Chelsea boots make these heather grey joggers look super chic.
7. Lucca Couture Street Faux Leather Track Pant ($88): The all-over leather trend isn’t going anywhere, and if that excites you, then you should be pumped to try on these faux leather track pants. True, they have a bit of an MC Hammer vibe to them, but we love how their classed up with a metallic top and party pumps.
8. Aqua Track Pants Large Houndstooth ($78): We can’t think of a classier pattern than houndstooth, so we’re happy to see that the print found its way to a pair of track pants. Keep an eye on this combo: it might be the next match made in heaven.
9. BDG Tapered Chambray Harem Pant ($69): Sick of skinny jeans? Looking for something looser than a boyfriend fit? Then these chambray harem pants are right up your alley. Rock these faded joggers with brown or grey booties to keep the look soft.
10. Sparkle & Fade Toss Print Silky Jogger Pant ($59): Tiny arrow-like prints add the perfect amount of eye-catching detail to these black joggers. Dress up this pair with a cropped blouse or structured shrug.
11. Aqua Track Pants Animal Print ($78): Were you too distracted by the amazing royal blue leopard print to notice that these bottoms were joggers? Yeah, us too!
12. Jacquard Track Pants ($295): We like how this pair of joggers plays with high end details like a tuxedo stripe while embracing its sporty feel with multi-colored racing stripes on the ankles and waistband. Of all the joggers on this roundup, this just might be the pair for us.
BONUS:Print All Over Me Sweatpant ($74): So this crazy cool site Print All Over Me basically lets you turn any image into a pattern, which rules on so many levels. They offer all kinds of basics for your to print on, including sweatpants! Would you dare?
Okay lets get real: would you ever wear joggers? Or is this trend way more accessible than it may initially seem? What trends are you latching onto at the moment? Tell us in the comments below.
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com